Interpersonal skills and writing might seem like an oxymoron, but once the solitude of the writing process is over, the interaction begins. One of the publishing comic websites I frequent, Bitbookish.com, had a post that prompted some thoughts on networking and interpersonal skills in publishing.
Publishing, as it has often been proclaimed, is the ‘marriage of art and commerce’. To have a love of books and work in the industry or the dream to write in ‘a room of one’s own’ is a great foundation, but the business side of writing is about networking, social media, conference pitching, and ultimately engaging with your market whether you are a writer, or any other industry professional.
If you are an introvert there are many ways have an active literary career. See a great blog post here about working in publishing. For writers there are great marketing and networking resources like Joanna Penn’s here. And networking perks for being an introvert author, a post that was circulating on Twitter last week.
Have fun engaging with others that have similar interests. A great place to start is Twitter or commenting on blogs then taking into the real world.
When it comes time to publicize and market your book at functions remember people are there to see you and engage with you, as you are an extension of your work. Field questions, and get feedback about what worked for your readers and put it towards your upcoming projects. Get to know your market as they are buying your book, thus who you are writing for.